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Updated 3rd January 2017
Year in brief 2016
The average temperature for the year was about 1 degree higher; rainfall was about 16% lower and there was less recorded sunshine compared to the 1981 to 2010 reference period. The only month with below average temperatures was November and there were seven months with above average values. Six months of the year had below average sunshine but rainfall was more evenly split between the number of wetter and drier months.
The weather in December was unusual in that the month was drier and also milder than normal. This is unusual because in winter drier weather is often associated with High pressure and winter High Pressure leads typically to frost and colder than average temperatures. Indeed the month started and ended with High Pressure centred over England with associated clearer skies and more frequent frost as well as some fog. In between, although pressure remained higher than average across Teignbridge, Low Pressure systems to the north of the country often produced winds from between South and West which led to cloudier skies and milder temperatures.
Records show that the average temperature was around 8 Celsius which is a degree higher than the long term average for December. For parts of Central England Christmas Day was the mildest on record since 1878 but for this district the mildest day was on the 9th with 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit). The coldest morning was on the 2nd when the temperature fell between minus 2 and minus 4 Celsius (25 Fahrenheit) in most areas. A few places near the coast, like Holcombe, managed to avoid an air frost but many places had four nights when the air temperature fell below freezing but Haccombe managed eight!
Rainfall totals varied between 15 and 32mm across the district, being highest in the Ringmore and Newton Abbot area and lowest towards Exminster and Ashcombe. This is unusually dry for December and represents only a quarter of the long term average rainfall, there being only 9 “wet” days compared to the norm of 13 days. In many places, over half the days of the month had no measurable rain. The wettest time of the month was the 19th or 20th in the Teignmouth area and the 13th in Dawlish.
Sunshine totals were 15 to 20 percent below normal, that’s equivalent to about two sunny days and illustrates that December was cloudier than average.
In summary, it was milder, cloudier and much drier than a typical December.
Teignmouth (some estimated data):
Average temperature 8.2 Celsius. Rain 18.1mm. Sunshine 48 hours
Dawlish average temperature 8.1 Celsius. Rain total for month 22.8mm
Autumn (Sept Oct Nov) 2016
The Autumn was not far from average due to the warmer and drier September but wetter and colder November. However sunshine was below average.
Teignmouth data: Slightly drier 218mm (1981-2010 LTA 241mm). Slightly warmer 12.5C (12.2C). Slightly cloudier Sun 313 hours (355hours). Dawlish: 260mm 12C Ashcombe 252.5mm 11.4C.
The weather was rather changeable as Low Pressure dominated the weather patterns across the UK for most of the month. The changeable spell was punctuated by the arrival of “Angus” the first named storm of the winter. “Angus” brought gales, heavy rain and thunderstorms over the area during the night of the 19th into the 20th. On the following night another Low brought further heavy rain, again accompanied by thunderstorms. Together these lows produced 3 to 4 inches of rain (80 to 100mm) across the district causing some localised flooding. Fortunately, soon after the heavy rain, High Pressure developed leading to a week of dry weather at the end of the month.
Teignmouth recorded 112mm of rain, which compares with the long term average for November of 89mm and in the Dawlish area there was around 130mm. Despite above average rainfall there were fewer wet days than a typical November with most parts having around 16 dry days. There were around 75 hours of sunshine recorded at Teignmouth which is about 10 percent below normal, the sunniest day being on the 7th with 7.7 hours.
The day and night long term average temperature for November in Teignmouth is around 9 Celsius but this November was just a fraction colder. The warmest day was on the 15th when the top temperature ranged from 18 or 19 Celsius in many places to around 21 Celsius or 70 Fahrenheit in Dawlish. Coldest temperatures were on the 30th with the minimum ranging from just below freezing near the coast to a chilly minus 5 Celsius or 23 Fahrenheit in Haccombe. Most places had an air frost on 1 or 2 nights but Haccombe, which is in a sheltered valley, managed 7 nights with air frost.
In summary, November was a little colder, slightly cloudier and had higher rainfall totals than average although the rain was spread over fewer days than normal.
Dawlish 24 hour periods 00 to 24 local time:
Average Temperature 8.1 C Max 21.2 (15th) Min -3.4 (30th). Rain total 137.9mm. 11days 1mm or more. Wettest 48.3mm (21st) [37.8mm 19th]. Thunderstorms 19th and 21st.
Teignmouth Den 24 hour periods ending 0900 UTC:
Average temperature 8.5C Max 17.7 (15th) Min -1.4C (30). Rain total 111.6mm. 8days 1mm or more. Wettest 44.5mm (19th). Sunshine 74.6 hours
October started cloudy and wet as low pressure moved northeast across the country. Dry weather quickly followed as high pressure developed across Scandinavia and extended right across the United Kingdom. High pressure became the main weather feature of the month, bringing quite stiff winds from an easterly point at least for a time. Low pressure made two more incursions during the month bringing rain from the south for a few days around the 15th and again around the 24th.
The rainfall total for the month was around 60mm, which is about a third less than the long term average. Rain totals were a little lower near the coast in Shaldon and Teignmouth but a little higher over the hills.
Monday the 24th was an especially wet and dismal day with half of October’s rain in just one day. Thunderstorms helped increase the rainfall leading to over an inch of rain in parts of Ashcombe, Dawlish, Teignmouth and Bishopsteignton. Most of the month was dry and there were only 6 or 7 wet days which is half of what we might expect.
In addition to drier than normal weather the high pressure resulted in 120 hours of sunshine which was almost 10 percent more than a typical October. Even though the sunshine lifted afternoon temperatures to just a little above average this was offset by slightly cooler night values so that the average for the month of 12 Celsius was very close to the 30 year mean. The warmest days were early in the month when the top temperature reached just short of 21 Celsius along the Teignmouth sea front and more widely around 18 or 19 Celsius. There were several chilly nights when away from the coast the temperature dipped to around 2 Celsius which is low enough for a touch of ground frost.
In summary the weather was a good bit drier and a little sunnier than a typical October thanks to fairly long periods of High Pressure.
Dawlish 24 hour periods 00 to 24 local time:
Average Temperature 11.5 C Max 18.4 (2 and 3rd) Min 2.1 (22) Rain total 60.6mm 7days 1mm or more wettest 31.8mm (24th Thunderstorms)
Teignmouth Den 24 hour periods ending 0900 UTC:
Average temperature 12.2C Max 20.7 (1st) Min 4.5C (22) Rain total 55.3mm 5days 1mm or more wettest 15.4mm (24th also 13.3mm 23rd) Sunshine 119.8 hours
For the UK as a whole the weather in September was dominated by a series of Atlantic low pressure systems interspersed with short lived ridges of higher pressure. For Teignmouth, Dawlish and nearby areas, this meant that the predominant wind direction was between West and South, a quadrant that typically brings mild temperatures, rather cloudy skies and some rain too.
The Teignmouth sunshine total, of 119 hours, was 25 percent lower than might be expected in September and there were only 8 days that had over 7 hours of recorded sunshine.
Despite the “cloudier” weather temperatures were again well above normal. The mean temperature was 16 or 17 Celsius which was one or two degrees above the long term average. There were a number of warm days around mid-month but the warmest day was on the 5th when temperatures across the district reached 24 or 25 Celsius which is the high 70’s in Fahrenheit. Often the coldest night is near the end of September as the nights get longer. For most of the district, however, the lowest temperature was on the morning of the 11th with a typical low of around 7 Celsius but a chillier 5 Celsius (41 Fahrenheit) in Haccombe.
Rainfall totals for September were not far from the average of almost 60mm although parts of Teignmouth, Exminster and Kingsteignton recorded slightly lower values.
In summary, despite September being cloudier with near normal rainfall it was significantly warmer than the long term average.
The summer was warmer and drier than a typical summer, despite sunshine being 130 hours less than average, both June and July were below average with August slightly above average sunshine. Teignmouth sunshine 530 hours compared with 657 hours LTA ( long term average 1981-2010). Temperature average 16.9 Celsius compared to 16.5 LTA - other areas slightly inland have observed summer averages between 17 and 18 Celsius. Rainfall Teignmouth 80mm elsewhere in area around 110mm LTA 150mm. July was an especially dry month although August had more consecutive dry days.
August turned out to be fairly dry and warm but the month started wet with around half an inch of rain which was more rain than in the whole of July. There was another wet and indeed windy spell between the 19th and 21st as low pressure moved close by. For most of the month, however, pressure was above average and High Pressure was centred over England during the middle of the month. The higher than average pressure meant that many of the weather fronts that crossed the district were quite weak.
The total rain for August was between 20 and 40 millimeters, which is between 40% and 80% of the typical August value. The lowest totals being in the Shaldon and Teignmouth areas and there were at least twenty days with no measurable rain with only six “wet” days.
Temperatures were just a fraction above the long term average with the highest values recorded being 24 Celsius in Teignmouth, 27 or 28 Celsius in Exminster and towards Newton Abbot. The coldest night ranged between 7 and 10 Celsius.
One notable feature of the month was the amount of sunshine. Teignmouth recorded 221 hours, which despite being only a little above average was much better than either June or July.
In summary August was slightly warmer, slightly drier and slightly sunnier than the long term average but with less "wet days" (1mm or more) than normal.
May June July 2016
Teignbridge Council Teignmouth "Den" resort data for May June and July: Max temperature 1 deg above average, Minimum; 0.5C above average, Rainfall 70% of average and Sunshine 73% of average. An unusual combination of warmer and drier with less sunshine. Long term average 1981-2010.
For the UK as a whole it was an unsettled month dominated by Low Pressure. From about North Wales, northwards, July was wet with parts of Scotland seeing twice the normal rainfall. Further south, for most of England and Wales, pressure was often above average and High Pressure dominated around the middle of the month. This led to lower than average rainfall over many parts of the south of the UK and for the Teignmouth and Dawlish areas it was a very dry month.
The average rainfall for Teignmouth is around 45mm but this July only 11mm was measured at the Den and parts of Exminster had only a few millimeters. Not surprisingly, for most places in the district, there were over 20 days with no measureable rain.
The coldest morning was on the 13th when temperatures dipped to 6 Celsius in Haccombe and more widely around 8 Celsius. This was very much the exception with the month as a whole being fairly warm with temperatures averaging 1 degree above normal. The highest temperatures occurred during the warmer second half of the month especially between the 17th and the 20th. Top values ranged from 25 Celsius at the Teignmouth coast to the high twenties inland but with sheltered spots in Newton Abbot and Exminster reaching 30 Celsius, the high 80’s Fahrenheit.
Despite the warm temperatures sunshine was lower than normal with just under 180 hours recorded at Teignmouth compared to the long term average of 225 hours. The sunniest day was the 18th with 13.4 hours but there were only 9 days with more than 8 hours of sunshine.
In summary, despite being cloudier than normal July was fairly warm and quite dry.
There was a little rain at the start of June before a ridge of High Pressure brought several days of dry weather, between the 3rd and 9th. Soon after this, Low Pressure took control and brought weather systems in from the Atlantic. This was accompanied by spells of westerly winds resulting in an unsettled theme for the remainder of the month.
Westerly winds are not always a bad thing for this part of the country, due to shelter from the hills in the South Hams, but they can lead to rather cloudy skies. The number of cloudy days was illustrated by the sunshine total for Teignmouth. This was around 130 hours which is about 90 hours short of the long term average.
What is perhaps surprising, given the reduced sunshine, is that temperatures were about a degree or so warmer than average. Both the night minimum and day maximum values were above normal and there were 16 days with afternoon temperatures of 20 Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) or more. The top temperature for June occurred around the 8th. Near the coast in Teignmouth and Dawlish values reached 22 or 23 Celsius (73 Fahrenheit). Inland, for example in Exminster and towards Newton Abbot, the temperature reached as high as 28 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit).
There have been some reports recently about a wet June but for most of the Dawlish and Teignmouth area this was not the case. The number of days with 1 mm or more of rain was higher than usual, around 13 days compared to the average of 8 days, although there were just as many days with no recorded rain. In fact the rain total for most of this area was near or even a shade below the long term average of 50mm (or 2 inches). Just to the Northeast, however, the rainfall total was a good bit higher. This was because a band of heavy rain and thunderstorms crossed Devon during the afternoon of the 15th, making this the wettest day of the month. Around 15mm of rain was recorded in the Teignmouth and Dawlish area but towards Exminster and Exeter there was over 30mm of rain, amounting to over half of the normal June rainfall in just a few hours.
In summary, the month was cloudier and warmer but despite near average rainfall there were more “wet” days than a typical June.
Spring March to May 2016
Overall near normal temperature (chilly early made up by milder May) and near to slightly below normal rain despite the number of days with rain being above normal. Sunshine for the season slightly above normal. Pressure slightly below normal.
Looking through the weather charts for May it was clear that low pressure was often near the United Kingdom but only a few of the lows tracked eastwards across the country. This meant that there were fewer winds from a westerly point than might be expected. Between the lows there were short periods of high pressure. Taking a closer look at the pressure values across Teignbridge it turns out there were 17 days with above average pressure. Consequently there was plenty of scope for periods of dry weather, typically lasting no more than 4 days at a time, which added up to over half of the month being dry.
Typically, rainfall in May totals around 60mm. The reported rainfall was not far from the average ranging from around 40mm in Exminster, 54mm in Teignmouth and Dawlish to 65mm in the Kingsteignton and Bishopsteignton area. The number of days with 1mm or more of rain varied between 10 and 13 days, slightly more than the Teignmouth average of 9 days. The day with the highest rainfall, typically around 10mm, was a choice of between the 9th or 21st although towards Haccombe and Kingsteignton the 27th was also a contender.
The temperature in May got off to a rather chilly start with a touch of frost away from the coast. Indeed, Haccombe recorded air frost around dawn on the 1st and 4th. The chilly weather did not last as afternoon temperatures rose to 18 Celsius (64 Fahrenheit) during the first week. This helped lift the average temperature for May to one or two degrees above the long term average of 12 Celsius (54 Fahrenheit). The warmest days were typically near the end of the month when most places had temperatures in the low to mid twenties Celsius, that’s the high seventies Fahrenheit.
In summary May was a little warmer than normal, had near normal rainfall and slightly more wet days than average but at least there were more dry days than wet ones.
Low Pressure was the dominant weather type in April, so it is surprising that rainfall totals across the area were below normal. Recorded rainfall was around 40mm compared to an average value of almost 60mm, that’s two thirds of the normal rainfall. The number of “wet” days, however, was pretty typical for April at 9 or 10 days - the wettest day being the 15th but in Exminster and Holcombe also the 22nd .
High pressure occurred on 12 days, with the longest period being from the 17th to 25th and resulting in 5 days in a row with no reported rain. Due to the showery nature of much of the rain the number of completely dry days varied across the area, ranging from 12 days in Teignmouth to at least 17 in Shaldon, Newton Abbot and parts of Dawlish with most places around the area managing 15 dry days during the month.
The main reason for the lower than normal rainfall was the lack of mild, rain bearing, SW winds as fairly frequent Northerly and Easterly winds brought rather chilly feeling weather and more sporadic rainfall. One notable Easterly occurred on the 10th as low pressure moved into the western English Channel. This brought severe gale winds accompanied by large waves onto the coasts of Dawlish, Teignmouth and Shaldon.
Despite often rather chilly winds, near average sunshine of about 180 hours allowed temperatures to end up near the Teignmouth average of 9.5 Celsius or 49 Fahrenheit. There were several ground frosts but coastal areas of Teignmouth, Dawlish and Shaldon escaped with no air frost. The 28th was the coldest morning with temperatures falling below freezing in many areas just a little inland from the coast. The lowest value recorded was minus 3 Celsius (27 Fahrenheit) in Haccombe which is a chilly spot and managed 6 air frosts, that’s almost as many as Exeter airport which had 7. The top temperature of the month ranged from 15 Celsius near the coast to 19 Celsius in a few inland areas but occurred on widely different days depending on the location and amount of shelter from the cold wind.
High pressure dominated the weather pattern for thirteen days during the middle of the month, which resulted in the longest dry spell since the middle of October last year. There were seventeen days with no rain but despite this, rainfall totals for March were above normal. There were ten days with over 1mm of rain, which is sometimes known as “rain days”, and this is typical for March. Accumulations ranged from around 95mm in parts of Teignmouth and Dawlish to around 70mm elsewhere in the local area. The long term average for Teignmouth is around 70mm or two and three quarters of an inch.
Two significant low pressure areas moved close to Devon bringing particularly wet and windy weather. The first on the night of Tuesday 8th and morning of Wednesday the 9th saw a low pressure centre moving from northwest to southeast across the county. This is not a common track for low pressure and there was debate as to whether this low should have been given a name. The other major low pressure, named as Katie, moved across the north of Devon during the night of Sunday 27th into Monday 28th . This brought very windy conditions leading to the demise of a number of trees around the area. Katie was also responsible for one and a half to two inches of rain, fully half of the March rainfall in less than 24 hours.
The average temperature for March was within a degree of the long term average of 8 Celsius 45 Fahrenheit. Near the coast, no air frosts where recorded, the average for Teignmouth being 1 or 2 nights. Ground frosts occurred on several nights and away from the coast there were 3 or 4 nights when the air temperature dipped below freezing. The lowest March temperature was in Haccombe with minus 2 Celsius (28 Fahrenheit), which compares to a March low of 1 Celsius (34 Fahrenheit) in Teignmouth. The highest temperature recorded was around 18 Celsius (64 Fahrenheit) in parts of Dawlish and Teignmouth.
December 2015 to February 2016, nominally the winter months; the figures show that it has been unusually wet and mild.
Rainfall totals were in the region of 350 to 400mm compared to the thirty year average of 270mm; or put another way that’s four more inches of rain this Winter than normal. The temperature averaged near 9 Celsius across the district which is two or three degrees above normal.
Of passing interest is the Central England Temperature series which dates back to 1659. For Central England the provisional data implies that this winter has been the mildest in living memory and the second mildest on record, beaten only by the Winter of 1868 to 1869.
February was almost a month of two halves, initially mild and unsettled but ending drier and colder as low pressure gave way to short periods of high pressure.
Measurements show that around 90mm of rain fell in Exminster and towards Newton Abbot but totals were closer to 110mm in Teignmouth and Dawlish, that’s a little over an inch of rain above the long term average. Looking at the number of rain days we see that there were around fifteen days with 1 mm or more compared to the average of ten days. The wettest day was on the 6th where most places saw 30 to 35mm which is well over an inch of rain. It was not until the 15 and 16th that we managed two dry days in a row and most of the 10 or so dry days were in the second half of the month.
The average temperature for February was just a little above normal at around 7 Celsius. Despite a very mild start, values were held lower by the number of colder nights in the second half of the month. In Dawlish, for example, there were eleven nights with a touch of ground frost and five with the air temperature falling below freezing. A Teignmouth weather site recorded three nights below freezing but in Shaldon there was only one. The long term average for Teignmouth is 4 nights of air frost.
The lowest temperature recoded was on the 16th and ranged from around minus 3 Celsius in Dawlish and Teignmouth, minus 4 Celsius in Exminster, to as low as minus 5 or 6 Celsius towards Newton Abbot, that’s a chilly 22 Fahrenheit. Despite the colder temperatures being in the second half of the month many places saw their warmest day on Sunday the 21st. On that day strong southwest winds brought very mild air across the district and allowed temperatures locally to rise to between 15 and 18 Celsius, the low 60’s Fahrenheit.
The very unsettled weather of early winter continued through January as a series of low pressure weather systems brought wet and windy weather across Teignbridge.
Unofficial rainfall measurements ranged from around 130mm in Dawlish, 140mm in Kingsteington to 160mm in Teignmouth, that's around 6 inches of rain. This compares to the official Teignmouth long term average of 95mm, or just under 4 inches. Completely dry days were in short supply and there were only 3 or 4 whole days with no measureable rain.
Looking at temperatures, after a touch of frost on the 1st of January it quickly became quite mild. The weather turned colder with near normal temperatures for a week or so in the middle of the month before ending the month very mild. Average temperatures ranged from 7 Celsius in Kingsteignton, 8 Celsius in Teignmouth and Dawlish to 9 Celsius in Kenton and these values are 2 or 3 degrees above the long term average.
During the middle of the month it was cold enough for snow on Dartmoor and even a little snow on the Haldon Hills inland from Dawlish. Despite being mild overall there were quite a number of ground frosts. Air temperature fell below freezing on as many as 8 days in Haccombe and 4 days in Dawlish and Exminster - which is about normal for January. Weather sites in Bishopsteignton and Teignmouth, however, did not record any air frost though they got quite close.
The coldest morning was recorded in Exminster, Dawlish and Bishoptsteignton on the 20th of January with minus 2 or minus 3 Celsius (26 Fahrenheit). The highest temperature of the month was in Dawlish, Kenton and Exminster on the 31st with 15 to 16 Celsius (that's around 60 Fahrenheit).
In summary, January was about one and a half times as wet as normal but not as wet as other parts of SW England which had double their normal rainfall. Despite being milder than normal the number of frosts were typical for the time of year.